The Tampa Bay Lightning bolstered their scouting department Monday by hiring Al Murray as director of amateur scouting.
"Al's vast scouting experience will prove to be a great asset for the Lightning as we move forward," Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said in a statement. "We are pleased to have him join the organization and I very much look forward to working with him as he leads our amateur scouting staff."
Murray had served as Hockey Canada's head scout of men's national teams since 2007. In that job, he was responsible for all player evaluations and selections for Canada's national junior team and under-18 team. The players he picked help win World Junior Championship gold medals in 2008 and 2009 and a silver medal in 2010, as well as three straight gold medals at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and a gold medal at the 2008 World Under-18 Championship.
"We would like to thank Al Murray for his three years of dedication and commitment to Hockey Canada," said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada's vice-president of hockey operations/national teams. "He has been a terrific addition to our men's high performance department, and we wish him the best of luck in Tampa Bay."
Prior to joining Hockey Canada, Murray spent 12 years as director of amateur scouting for the Los Angeles Kings.